TRUST MY HEART

TRUST MY HEART                                     CAROL J. POST

Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible. The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.

After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant’s fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also up-ending all his old beliefs.

The two draw closer as they share their dreams until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what’s needed to finally guide him home…

MY REVIEW:
     This was a family drama I just loved but in a very different way.  Jami Carlisle was born and raised a faithful Christian girl in the small town of Murphy, North Carolina.  From the age of eight, her mother raised her single-handedly.
     You see her father was an alcoholic and her mom said, ‘It’s us or the bottle.’ Well, sadly for Jami he chose the bottle.  For two years she waited with hope that he would call or come home but that never happened.  So, she hardened her heart and continued on.
     When high school came and she dated and was hurt by guys or left she learned to hate her father.  College and high school she had one friend slash boyfriend that they were on again off again but everyone in town just assumed they would marry.  At the end of her Jr. year of college she was called home her mom was dying of breast cancer.  Robert was there for her but he was not supportive of her dreams the way he used to be, there were more sarcastic digs, more put downs laced as jokes, that just weren’t funny.
     So, when her mom passed and she went back to school.  Robert would speak about getting married and she never corrected him because he had never really asked her so she just figured it was talk.  Plus, she had school to finish, she was still trying to deal with her life and she was going to be coming back to a new job and moving back to her childhood home where her mother would no longer be.  But his chit-chat kept her mind off her mom.  But as time grew closer to coming home he was getting more amped up.  She didn’t know what to do.
     At the same time her next-door neighbor Mrs. Elizabeth McAllister had passed away at the rest home she had lived there for many years. 
     Her home was being left to a grandson no one really knew about.  Grant McAllister a big-city lawyer from New York, New York.  By the sound of it, he wanted to get in and get out by selling the place.
     He never knew his grandparents and wouldn’t have cared too if they were alive.  You see she didn’t know it but when his parents fell in love and found out they were having him, they got married.  His grandfather got irate and disowned his father and wanted nothing to do with his son and new family.  That night of their fight leaving his parents’ home Grant’s father was killed in a car accident before he was born. 
     He never got to meet his father and was told all his life how his grandparents never wanted to know him.  Now Jami will start her new job at the newspaper on Monday and who does she need to interview?  The hard-headed Grant himself.  The man who does not talk to reporters since his very brutal divorce when they printed lies. 

     This story engulfs you very fast.  With not only its humor but with-it heart wrenching tender moments of the hurt and pain. These two characters must face unpleasant truths dealing with their past that causes riffs yet they are able to walk through it together.  I give this 5++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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